July 23, 2024

Civil Society Kicks off Move To Recall Legislators

FABCOM Chair Salim Karama addressing the media at the IEBC office on Monday. Image: PETER KOMBE

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Fast Action Business Community movement (FABCOM) has headed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) seeking a legal redress in their attempt to recall some Coast legislators.
According to the movement the two Mishi Mboko and Ali Mbogo Likoni and Kisauni legislator’s respectively have failed to represent their electorate’s in the required manner.

The movement notes that the two MP’s have remained in the back row in the motion to impeach Transport Cabinet secretary James Macharia.
The motion was tabled in the National Assembly by Nyali MP Mohammed Ali.
The duo among other lawmakers have rubbished the allegations leveled against Macharia terming them self-driven and vowed to defeat the motion.
Addressing the media in Mombasa FABCOM chairperson Salim Karama termed the politicians incompetent and seeking their own interests at the behest of the public,
Karama says the movement is bringing a new wave of combating what he termed as ‘dictatorial’ and ‘betrayal’ leadership.

 “They do not have our interests at heart. We shall move around the coast region sensitizing locals so that we can recall the two,” he noted

The Chairperson also noted that other non-performing MPs will not be spared in the recall process.
Ali Rambo, a driver hailing from Likoni Sub County, called on the Likoni legislator Mishi Mboko to focus her interests on the public.
He says he is behind the impeachment motion of Transport CS James Macharia.
“We are going through tough times. We do not have school fees for our children. We are starving,” he noted.


FABCOM members outside the IEBC offices in Mombasa on Monday. Image: PETER KOMBE

Abdul Salim, a truck driver says the directive has led to psychological and mental stress amongst families in the area.
 According to him, it is ironic to see elected leaders contravene the interests of their electorates.
“This is a new dawn. We shall no longer entertain selfish politicians. You do not have our interests in your hearts,” he said.

Fauz Khalid a member of the movement however said they will proceed to court to seek legal redress on the same after IEBC noted that there are legal challenges in the election Act 2011.
He said the movement will not relent in their recall bid.
“We shall go to court the soonest time possible. We cannot allow this to happen,” he noted,
The Election Act 2011 part IV 2 stipulates that a member of parliament may be recalled where the member is found after due process of the law to have violated the provisions of chapter six of the constitution among other issues.

The motion has however met opposition from legislators aligned to the President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.


Nyali MP Mohammed Ali tabling an impeachment motion against Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia in parliament Image: (Courtesy)

Thursday 18 June tens of MPs addressed a series of press briefings at parliament buildings dismissing the ouster motion by the Nyali MP Mohammed Ali.
Ali however vowed to proceed with the motion despite what he termed as black mail, threats and bribery.


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